What’s The One Thing In Life That You Have Complete Control Of?

In life we deal with many different stressors on a daily basis.  Whether it’s not getting a promotion that you feel that you deserve.  Not having enough money in the bank.  Maybe it’s relationship or family issues.  Many of us can relate to all of these different scenarios.  There’s one thing that they all have in common.  You don’t have complete control over these situations.

We spend so much time stressed and worried about things that in many cases someone else has to play a part in accomplishing certain things.  For instance, let’s use the example of getting a promotion at work.  You may have all of the credential, experience and knowledge that it takes to get that position or promotion.  But if the individual who is over you doesn’t think that you are good enough or just flat out doesn’t want you to have it, you’ll just be out of luck.

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What is one a few things that you actually have control over.  Your health and your body.  Many people may feel that this isn’t true.  For instance, in the black community diabetes and high blood pressure is the norm.  Even though this may be the case, you still have the ability to take preventive measures.  For instance, having regular doctor’s visits.  Instead of waiting until you feel the side effects of diabetes or high blood pressure, stay on top of it.  Get regular blood work done.  Get your body fat checked.  Find out where your weight should be and get it to that point.

Outside of height and facial features, if you aren’t satisfied with the way you look you have the ability to fix those so called “flaws”.  At the end of the day, this falls on you.  If you aren’t successful or satisfied with what you see, it’s your own fault.  It’s your decision.

Take a look at yourself.  Are you satisfied with what you see?  If not, what would you like to see when you look in the mirror?  After you find the answers to those questions.  Then find out the steps that need to be taken.

Put all of your focus into what you can control.  Then control it.  Not only control it, but dominate it!

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The One Negative Thing About Losing Weight


When trying to lose weight, there can be many different things that may get in your way.  Especially once you start seeing the results from losing a large amount of weight.  Many of us would automatically assume that I’m speaking of life events, jobs etc.  Honestly it’s not that at all.  Most of the time your biggest obstacles are going to come the individuals who are around you.

Losing weight and dealing with haters:

In my opinion it’s sad you may get negative reaction for doing something positive.  Let’s be honest, this is the norm.


Truth be told jealousy is a normal thing, and can be used as a motivating factor.  Honestly, have you ever been in a situation where you were jealous of someone’s achievements?  Have those achievements ever made you feel inadequate in any way what so ever?    Have you ever just felt bad when comparing your life and or your body to someone else’s?


The most important thing is how do you respond. Do you just sit back and become bitter.  Or do you use other’s success as fuel or motivation to spark your own.  Many people have the ability to just let it role off of them. While others gain a hatred or distain for those who are able to achieve the goals that they are also chasing. It is easy to see someone become a success, even a close friend, and rather than feel happy for the person you feel a negative emotion. You take their success vs. what you see as your failure personally in the moment.  The question is whether you take that and use it as fuel or are you going to stay the same.


For the people that are having success in your weight loss journey.  I suggest that you take the criticism and hate as a compliment.  Pay more attention to the  positive energy that will be coming.  Understand that there will be many people that you motivate when you get your results.  So many people will be happy for you.  Your journey or story can inspire many others to start their own fitness journey.  It is important to be strong and don’t waver in your decision. You may lose people you thought of as friends but for every negative person that leaves your life, their will many more positive ones that may enter.

Is this bad for the fitness industry or can this be used as a motivational tool?



Fake plates were created designed to look identical to actual real weight plates, but are much lighter than the real weights.

Who Uses Fake Weights?

When it comes to social media to, it seems that your physical appearance is the most important thing. You’ll find more bodybuilders and others using fake weights more often today. You’ll see more and more people so that they can post videos that are impressive to the average person.  This strategy allows more people talk about them and follow them on social media.

The more followers a person has will eventually turn into more money.  In ads or maybe even sponsorships.  Others in the fitness industry, may use fake weights for photo shoots for the purpose of appearing more strong than they actually are.

Then there are TV shows and movies because it is easier to film a scene with light weights than it is with the actual weights, especially when doing a lot of takes.

In the past few years there have been many people that have been pointed out for using fake weights.  One of the most popular from youtube has been Brad Castleberry.  Brad Castleberry has claimed to have broken many weightlifting world records.  But after years of suspicion it was finally pointed out.

Brad Castleberry is arguably the most popular fitness personality on social media with thousands of Instagram followers.  Regardless of the fake weights you cannot take away from the impressive physique and actual true strength.

Many of his lifts are difficult for people to actually believe or take seriously.  Especially since he has never competed in an actually powerlifting meet.  This is where he would actually be able to show his true strength.  This is why he is always being accused of using fake weights.

What do fake weights look like?

Anyone that workouts knows that when lifting weight that is extremely heavy, it will take a lot of energy away from you.  There’s usually heavy breathing along with your face turning a different color.  So when someone is making it look so easy, it’s normal to become suspicious.

Appearance Of The Weights

Gyms normally have a certain brand of weights.  Normally, they all match each other.  So if you see that the brand or the shape of the plates are different from all of the other ones on some of the other machines, they most likely are using fake weights.


When ever you squat or deadlift with extremely heavy weight, you will probably have seen that the bar will bend under the pressure of the weight. Therefore it is unusual for the bar to remain straight with extremely heavy weight..

Another way to see whether someone is using fake weights is to compare their lifts to some actual powerlifters and strength athletes. If an average person is lifting the same amount of weight as a powerlifter, they may faking it.

Where to find fake weights

Where do some of these people even find fake weights? Fake weights aren’t something that you will find at any average sports store.  But you can basically find anything that you want online.  For instance, fakeweights, where they sell lightweight dumbbells, barbells and weight plates that look just like the real thing.

There are other companies that sell props to the film and TV industries.  So if you want it bad enough you shouldn’t have a problem finding them.

How do fake weights effect the fitness industry

Along with drugs, shitty supplements etc., the fitness industry has enough problems to deal with.  On top of all of this it is disappointing to see people take this route to gain a following.  This will cause stupid people to feel that they can achieve these same unrealistic goals, where as the person on the video hasn’t even done it.  Not only that, but getting injured in the process.

It could also encourage people to turn to steroids if they feel that they will never be able to lift this amount of weight themselves or achieve the same physique.

So although they are very beneficial in some ways.  Fake has shined another negative light on the fitness industry.

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Diet that makes you smart?

What is a mind diet? This name automatically makes me think of a diet that helps with your memory.  Even though this is true, even more importantly the mind diet helps lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The mind diet actually is a combination of the Mediterranean and DASH diet.  Which have been found to have many different health benefits

MIND actually stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. A nutritional  epidemiologist by the name of Martha Clare Morris It was developed this diet at Rush University Medical Center.  Her main goal was to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by eating a diet filled with brain healthy foods.

This diet puts emphasis eating natural, while limiting red meat and unhealthy fats. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) focuses on lowering the risk of hypertension. This diet focuses on lowering the sodium intake and which assist in lowering blood pressure.

The MIND diet recommends eating 10 foods daily and avoiding five types of foods. The healthy-food group contains:

  1. Vegetables
  2. Green leafy vegetables in particular
  3. Berries, especially blueberries
  4. Nuts
  5. Beans
  6. Wine
  7. Whole grains
  8. Fish
  9. Poultry
  10. Olive oil

Unhealthy foods are:

  1. Fried or fast food
  2. Red meats
  3. Cheeses
  4. Butter and stick margarine
  5. Pastries and sweets


  • Get at least three servings of whole grains per day
  • Eat a salad each day
  • Eat one other vegetable every day
  • Drink a glass of wine each day
  • Snack almost every day on nuts
  • Eat beans every other day
  • Consume poultry and berries at least twice a week
  • Consume fish at least once a week
  • Unhealthy foods are allowed, but less than one serving per week, with the exception of butter
  • Less than 1 tablespoon a day of butter is allowed per day

The longer a person follows the MIND diet, there’s less of a chance of developing Alzheimer’s. Different studies have been conducted and shown that the MIND diet can have a positive impact on your brain.  Not just your brain but your overall health.  Studies have also shown than individuals lost weight while also lowering their cholesterol.  Blood pressure was also lowered to a normal range.  This diet is considered healthy in general, but with anything pertaining to health you must consult your primary physician first.

For the most part these are healthy eating patterns that are high in produce, low in saturated fat and good for good for overall human health.

Consult with a doctor before starting any new diet plan.

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Day 1 on 40 day vegan intermittent fasting challenge.

Day 1 is finally in the books.  39 more days to go.  Go through this journey with me and maybe can find different solutions to health issues.  Subscribe to prodigal son on youtube.  If you find the videos helpful please press the like and subscribe button.  thank you


40 day Vegan/Intermittent Detox Challenge





After competing in bodybuilding and training hard as hell, along with the heavy food and supplementation my body has been through hell.  I’m now at the point where I feel as if nothing is working when it comes to making progress in training.

So decided that if I keep doing the same things over and over again.  Then I should probably be prepared to get the same results.  Right?

My Answer:

Starting over from scratch.  I decided to do a 40 day natural cleanse.  This cleanse will consist of just eating fruits and vegetables along with just drinking water.  My theory is that maybe if I deplete everything, then when time to add certain things back into my training and diet regimen.

I’m also a fan of intermittent fasting, and I love to challenge myself. So what the hell, let’s combine them.  My intermittent vegan detox challenge.

Go through the journey with me.  Let’s see what type of results we get.


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